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    Italy Police Officer, Allegedly Slain by Bay Area Teens, Mourned

    An Italian paramilitary police officer, allegedly slain by two American teens in Rome, has been hailed as a hero at his funeral in his hometown near Naples. Pete Suratos reports.

    (Published Monday, July 29, 2019)

    An Italian paramilitary police officer, allegedly slain by two American teens in Rome, has been hailed as a hero at his funeral in his hometown near Naples.

    Mario Cerciello Rega was fatally stabbed 11 times near the hotel where the San Francisco Bay Area teenagers were staying while he was investigating a drug deal gone wrong. Monday’s funeral was held in the same church in Somma Vesuviana where he was married six weeks ago.

    Italy’s military chaplain, Archbishop Santo Marciano, in his eulogy, said Cerciello Rega, 35, lived and died to safeguard others’ lives.

    Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth, 18, and Finnegan Lee Elder, 19, are jailed for investigation of the officer’s murder.

    Italy: Teen Held in Officer's Death 'Illegally Blindfolded

    [BAY] Italy: Teen Held in Officer's Death 'Illegally Blindfolded

    An American teenager was illegally blindfolded before he was interrogated as a suspect in the slaying of a newlywed police officer in Rome, an Italian police commander said Sunday after the emergence of a photo showing the young tourist restrained with handcuffs and with his head bowed. Roz Plater reports.

    (Published Sunday, July 28, 2019)

    Police are investigating both Natale-Hjorth’s illegal blindfolding before his interrogation after Friday’s slaying and who leaked the photo of him blindfolded.

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